Discover what the high street has to offer your home renovation project
Taking to the high street can offer helpful benefits to your home renovation, as well as helping to support your local area.
Online shopping may have been a lockdown life-saver, but it has its drawbacks in comparison to the real thing, especially when it comes to a home project. The ability to see and feel products before you buy them is incredibly useful in the decision-making process, and may in fact lead you to discover finishes for your home you’ve never considered before.
Fortunately, for those still shielding or unable to visit shops and showrooms with ease, new virtual shopping technology provides the closest thing to the full retail experience you can get without leaving the house. Brands like Quooker have developed its digital offering so that you can now schedule virtual appointments to explore its full range from the safety of your own home.
Of course, the freedom to get back onto the high street comes the responsibility of doing so in a calm, considered manner. So please remember to shop safe and protect yourself and others by wearing a mask indoors and practising social distancing at all times.
The Grand Designs magazine team is working alongside Quooker as part of the Love Your High Street campaign for 2021, so here’s five benefits the high street can offer to your home renovation project.
Whether you’re searching for a new kitchen, bathroom or even bifold doors or windows, a home renovation project usually means a serious investment. Undoubtedly you’ll be keen to make the perfect choice, and while it’s possible to explore your options and work on a design virtually, it’s hard to get a true idea of both the functionality and aesthetics of a product without getting hands-on with it. Even when ordering samples of products such as tiles or flooring, it can be hard to gauge how these designs will play out over a larger scale on an entire floor or wall.
If you take a risk with an online order for your home renovation, there are a few issues that could arise if you’re not happy with your purchase. Large, bulky items can take up space and cause unwanted hassle to return, while if you’re on a strict timeline for your build, you could find yourself with delays that prevent the project from progressing.
One area you won’t be able to assess through online shopping or a virtual tour is the quality of a product. How does it feel in your hands? How sturdy do the mechanisms feel? While you may be looking for the best deal on expensive products for your renovation, sometimes the price is too good to be true, and if you haven’t been able to inspect the quality in real life, you might not find this out until it’s too late.
Take a test-run
Whether you want to try out an appliance, check the functionality of integrated storage in a cabinet or even put a hot water tap to the test before you commit to a purchase, high street stores and showrooms often offer space to trial their products ahead of buying. This means you can invest in a design that really works for you and that you’ll be comfortable using as part of your new living space.